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Thai army invents eucalyptus tank armour

20th November 2016 - 18:56 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok


The Royal Thai Army has invented multipurpose armour made from eucalyptus wood for its M60A3 main battle tanks (MBT) to improve their protection against anti-tank weapons.

The wood armour was tested before high-ranking army commanders and the outcome was declared ‘very satisfactory’. The add-on armour is now awaiting authorisation to begin production. 

Unit cost of this wood armour kit is only $1,150 and the materials are easy to find and a lot cheaper than importing solutions from abroad.

The 17th Tank Battalion King’s Guard, the M60A3 battalion, developed the eucalyptus armour kit. The idea is that, when hit by an

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Sompong Nondhasa


Sompong Nondhasa

Sompong, a Thai national living in Bangkok, is a fulltime photojournalist and editor of the …

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